WASHINGTON (AP) -
are determined to keep winning after getting off to the best start in franchise history.
Hermida hit an RBI infield single in the 10th inning and the Marlins beat the
3-2 Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
homered for Florida (9-1). The Marlins' previous best start to a season came in 1997 and 2004, when they opened each year
''It's great. It's always important to get off to a good start, but the thing is, it's such a long season you've got to keep
said. ''This start's not going to be worth (anything) if we don't keep it going.''
got the winning rally started with a two-out single off
(0-2) and moved to third on Uggla's bloop hit to right. Hermida hit a grounder deep in the hole at shortstop, and
's only play was a late throw to first.
Ross set the stage for Hermida's winning hit, driving a 2-2 pitch from
down the left-field line to tie it at 2 in the ninth.
''To come back in the ninth, with two outs left and you hit a home run to tie the game, it naturally gives you a spark,''
Hermida said. ''It kind of jump-starts the team, and gives us a little momentum. Even though it's a tie game, we felt we had
the momentum right there.''
(1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth.
worked the 10th for his second save, getting three outs after allowing a leadoff double to
Gonzalez, filling in at shortstop with
sidelined by a sore left hamstring that sent him to the 15-day disabled list after the game, had three hits and an RBI for
Washington has dropped eight of nine to open the season. The Nationals left 12 men on base and the game drew 19,026 for the
smallest crowd in the two-year history of Nationals Park.
''We haven't been executing very well - runner on third, less than two out and runner on second, no outs,'' Washington manager
Manny Acta said. ''You have to add on when you have the opportunity.''
breezed through the first three innings but Baker connected with one out in the fourth to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead. Baker
hit Lannan's first pitch into the second deck above the Nationals bullpen.
Washington scored two runs in the bottom half.
reached on a one-out infield single and scored on Gonzalez's double to left-center. Gonzalez advanced on Lannan's groundout,
finishing a 10-pitch at-bat against
, and scored on
's single to left.
Nolasco gave up two runs and seven hits in four innings and wasn't happy about being yanked by manager Fredi Gonzalez after
throwing 87 pitches.
''I thought I made my pitches when I needed to, made a couple mistakes, but what are you going to do?'' Nolasco said. ''Skipper's
Fredi Gonzalez thought Nolasco had gone as far as he could with sub-par stuff.
''He was begging to go back out there,'' Gonzalez said. ''The positive thing for me - a lesser pitcher, it's not two runs
he gives up, it's five or six he gives up. His stuff wasn't quite there today like we're used to, but he still kept us in
Lannan struck out eight in 6 1-3 innings. He yielded a run and three hits.
Notes: Acta was ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons between the third and fourth innings for arguing balls and strikes. It
was the second career ejection for Acta. ... Washington's
played right field for the first time this season and walked in the first. He has reached base in each of the Nationals' first
nine games. ... The jerseys worn in the first three innings by Dunn and 3B
had the team's name misspelled as ''Natinals.'' They later donned tops with the team name spelled correctly. ... Florida 3B
, in a 1-for-11 slump that dropped his average to .386, was out of the lineup for the first time this season. Bonifacio, who
had led off each of the Marlins' first nine games, entered the game as a pinch runner in the seventh. ... Washington will
replace Guzman by selecting the contract of INF
from Triple-A Syracuse before Saturday's game.